has carried out an honorable and noble task to act as the guardian of the global ban on chemical weapons that took you fact -- took effect in 1997. >> more than 90% of the world's countries are signed up to the coalition of chemical weapons coming including the u.s., russia, libya, and iraq -- to the coalition of chemical weapons, including the u.s., russia, libya, and iraq. friday's award comes just before syria joins as the 190th member state on monday. >> the syrian regime signing the chemical weapons convention and allowing the opcw to conduct the verification and distraction -- destruction task is incredibly important. it is very significant. they are one of the last to sign up and agree to it. >> only six countries are outside of the u.n. chemical weapons convention.